Fabulous February Adventures – Dolphins, David Hockney & Pancakes!


February is the shortest month and it certainly seems to have flown by. I’m not complaining as that means that Spring will soon be on its way! Valentine’s Day is a little too commercialized in many ways but there’s no escaping it – I suppose every month needs a big event although if I had to pick my favourite for February, it would be Pancake Day! Here are just a few of our fabulous February adventures…

CULTURE VULTURE

Tate Britain is one of my favourite London museums and I simply couldn’t miss the David Hockney exhibition. It’s celebrating 60 years of his work and there is much to admire…from his iconic swimming pool paintings to the colourful Yorkshire landscapes and more recent iPad creations. It’s on until 29 May so do visit if you get a chance.

hockney_tate_britainLIFESTYLE FILE

With the wind and rain playing havoc with my skin, it was time to focus on skincare this month ;-). I went to an interesting talk on the subject by Dr Russo at the Four Seasons Park Lane and I’ll be sharing the information with you. I’ll also be writing about my fabulous Skeyndor Timeless Prodigy facial at the luxurious Peak Health Club & Spa at Jumeirah Carlton Tower. Italians know a thing or two about looking good and I’m currently trialling Dolomic skincare so will let you know how I get on with it. Last but not least, I underwent a Mind Cleanse, which I’ll be writing about in detail.

TRAVEL TALES

Tenerife is one of those islands that you have to visit at least once. It’s blessed with the highest peak in Spain and is a great place to see dolphins and whales swimming in the wild. We had a fabulous trip organised by Keys Concierge Lifestyle, including a Michelin starred Japanese fusion meal at Kabuki, and stayed in a beautiful place called The Paramount.

Dolphin spotting TenerifeOn the blog, I wrote a Valentine’s Day ditty to the city of London, and shared the fascinating story of the Indian Maharaja and Ballynahinch Castle in Ireland. There were lots of other adventures to write about including the top attractions on the Paradise Coast and skiing guides to Val d’Isere and Verbier. The Canary Islands are great for Winter sunshine and Lanzarote and Tenerife have many attractions. Finally, check out our first posts on Mayakoba, the Mexican eco-retreat. Expect more sun-filled moments from Mayakoba very soon.

WINING AND DINING

We packed in lots of catch ups with friends, but to name a few I caught up with newly weds, Jon and Laura at Kona Kai, a tiki bar in Fulham, and later in the month with the lovely Anouk at Blanchette in Brick Lane. Blanchette specialize in French sharing plates and all the dishes were very tasty. For Valentine’s Day, Paul had arranged a delicious lunch at La Dame de Pic at the new Four Seasons Trinity Square.

Four Seasons Trinity Square lunchOur favourite find this month could well be Bala Baya, for its modern take on Tel Aviv cooking in the Old Union Yard Arches in Southwark. Their playlist is pretty cool and the food is even better, especially their braised beef and lamb.

Bala BayaAs it’s pancake month, we couldn’t resist a trip to Where the Pancakes Are. Southwark is clearly having a moment as this casual little place is also located there, in the new Flat Iron Square. I chose a quirky Welsh rarebit pancake with vinegar crisps and Paul went for the Eggs Benedict.

COMING SOON IN MARCH

We can’t wait to see Paul’s father in Lugano, Switzerland. He’s a regular reader of the blog and as charming as the town that he lives in! Lugano is famous for its lake and is a great combination of Swiss efficiency and Italian influenced gastronomy, being very close to the border. We’ll be staying at historic Villa Castagnola on the shore of Lake Lugano. Afterwards, we’ll head to Milan for a long overdue return, so any travel tips are very welcome.

Which of these February adventures do you prefer and what was your own favourite moment in February?

Where the Pancakes Are

  • Delicious food – got me hungry right now

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  • I’m very intrigued to hear all about your mind cleanse Suze! I’ve been reading into meditation recently and have started practising what I’m reading. I do love Lugano – I hope the weather in Switzerland has warmed in since last month…it’s a great time of year to visit though and I love how close by Milan is making it a perfect combo!

    • The mind cleanse has been really interesting! Hope you have many more fabulous travels ahead this month, Taiwan sounded amazing

  • I’m looking forward to spring as well, we’ve had enough cold weather so now it is time to enjoy the colours and the sunshine! I pick pancake day over Valentine’s Day, I just don’t like too commercialised days. It sounds like your March will be full of travelling and delicious foods, I hope you’ll have great time, looking forward to seeing photos.

    Ela BellaWorld

    • Pancake Day is definitely my preference too, although I like the French thin galettes the best

  • Favourite moment would probably be my birthday..! Sounds like you had some fab February adventures, Suze!

  • The breakfast pancakes look fab! Have a great time in Lugano! Last time I was in Milan we went to a gorgeous brunch at the Bulgari, so I’d definitely recommend that.

  • Thanks for the mention! Looking forward to seeing you again soon.

  • It sounds like you had an incredible February!! I’m so excited to read about your trip to Switzerland because I’d love to visit someday!

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    • Switzerland is one of the most beautiful countries I’ve ever seen, you should definitely plan a trip!

  • Claudia Padgett

    I agree with you. Valentines Day is too commercial for me and we personally dont celebrate it. But oh boy your month of February seems incredible!

    • We usually stay in on Valentine’s Day but for a change we went out for lunch – still, I’d rather celebrate every other day of the year

  • Too much good stuff here on your list, Suze. You always travel to posh places and get treated like royalty. February sounds incredible, how can I get spoiled like that when I travel? You have to sell me your secret.

    • I am so lucky, Anda! Still, you get to some amazing places yourself – I love hearing about your trips

  • George Markovsky

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/380573afc5ec033e926f11d614d1fe3cf4a07cb7c57acfb5c1a56f7958e4fe71.jpg Thank you for very interesting material! I read it with pleasure.
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  • OMG that dolphin pic, I’m grinning ear to ear, what an experience 🙂 x

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  • The David Hockney exhibition looks fabulous and I like the sound of Bala Baya especially since I thoroughly enjoyed the food on our trip to Tel Aviv last year! Looking forward to read about your trip to Lugano and Milan!

    Miriam
    http://www.londonkitchendiaries.com

  • ♫ Alison M ♪

    What lovely adventures. Totally jealous of the dolphins

  • What a fabulous month! I’m just catching up on your blog after a busy few months, and seems you’ve been up to so many exciting things!!

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  • Hayley Rubery

    Suze it sounds like you’ve have the BEST month – I always love following your travels and seeing what you get up too! I’m adding Tenerife to my bucket list after reading your posts!

    Hayley xo
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  • Olivia Johnson

    Wonderful Adventures! Really Excellent Post!
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  • Luxury inside and still experiencing nature at its finest. To see a dolphin is on my bucket list.